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The COR Center no longer provides technical assistance for the Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. The International Rescue Committee is the new CO TA provider. You may contact Susan Donovan, Interim Director, at or 301-562-8633. This site will be available until at least 3/15/2015.

Visit CAL's Immigrant and Refugee Integration area


Choosing My Way is a video game where players consider how to respond to changing opportunities and challenges that arise after resettlement in the United States, while dealing with limited resources. Suitable for refugees and other newcomers with some English proficiency, the game is also designed for orientation providers to facilitate its use in small groups, encouraging discussion and reflection.

Learn more, download the game, and see related resources


Read the new COR Center backgrounder, Refugees from Syria, as well as the backgrounder on Refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Learn more about these populations and others through videos, documents, photos, and other materials that address refugees' experiences, hopes and concerns, likely resettlement strengths and challenges, and so forth.

See Learning About Refugees

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Based on the R&P Orientation Objectives and Indicators, the Making Your Way R&P orientation curriculum provides domestic orientation providers with tools and techniques to work with refugees (individually, in small groups, or in large groups) to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they need during their first 30 to 90 days in the U.S.

See also the Orientation Assessment Toolkit

COR Center Resource Library

COR Center Resource Library

Find COR Center resource materials for refugees, and anyone interested in learning more about refugee communities in the United States in our Resource Library.

  • Welcome to the U.S.: Guidebook & Videos
  • Refugee Backgrounders & Culture Profiles
  • Phrasebooks and more!

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The Cultural Orientation Resource Center is funded by the Department of State/Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM). Materials on this website were produced with PRM funding, with funding from the Department of Health and Human Services/Administration for Children and Families/Office of Refugee Resettlement, or by the COR Center's parent institution, the Center for Applied Linguistics.

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